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by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 341

Re: Any news?

I made a prototype of the single-reed reedplate harmonica today, using some concertina-type reeds sent to me by a friend (see photos). Sounds OK as-is, but it needs valving to work properly. Because the reeds are larger than normal harmonica reeds, there is a bigger gap around them for air to escape...
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 341

Re: Any news?

Thanks for asking Lizzie. There are a few main areas I'm focussing on right now: LIVE MIDI RECORDING I'm preparing to make some new instructional material (videos, books etc). A primary element of such material is music notation with associated harmonica tablature. In order to generate the tab autom...
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky13 optimized for overblows and underdraws
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: Lucky13 optimized for overblows and underdraws

Certainly Thomas, the Lucky 13 can be customized for overbending like any other harmonica. I recommend learning how to do it yourself, as it will give you control of the process so you can adjust the tiny details to suit your playing. Richard Sleigh makes special embossing tools and has done a serie...
by Brendan
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings
Replies: 23
Views: 1057

Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

The D PowerChromatic starts on D3, it's lower then the G.

Only D and G keys available in PC at present. But you can easily play in the key of C on both of them using draw bends.
by Brendan
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 13
Views: 704

Re: Pentatonic tunings

Out of interest: If you want all chromatic notes without bends, why not play a chromatic harmonica?
by Brendan
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: beginner harp for irish/folk
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: beginner harp for irish/folk

If it's a G it will be the low reeds, they are very heavy and will vibrate when you move the harp.
by Brendan
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Books PLAY IRISH MUSIC ON THE CHROMATIC HARMONICA
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Books PLAY IRISH MUSIC ON THE CHROMATIC HARMONICA

Sorry for the slow reply Triona!

The books are identical except for the keys of the harmonicas. I recommend the G/D book because those keys are the correct ones for playing with other Irish musicians, but for C-only chrom players the C book is best.
by Brendan
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: The SlipSlider Mk2 - Special 20 on Steroids!
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: The SlipSlider Mk2 - Special 20 on Steroids!

You can make the magnetic force stronger quite easily. Romove the upper coverplate and lower reedplate/coverplate combination. Use a small screw-driver or similar and push the comb magnets down to the draw side. The closer they are to being flush to the comb the stronger the force will be. I still r...
by Brendan
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings
Replies: 23
Views: 1057

Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Solo in G:

De Gf# Ga Bc De Gf# Ga Bc De Gf# Ga Bc De
by Brendan
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Installing powercomb on 260
Replies: 11
Views: 408

Re: Installing powercomb on 260

Actually you can avoid using a tap if you want to. Make sure you have a drill bit of a genuine 1.4mm size. If so, the supplied steel screws will self-tap into the reedplate. I should have put this in the video but, since drill bits are often under their nominated size, thought it best to advise usin...